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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: September 19, 2016
State unemployment rate declines to 5.6% in August; nonfarm jobs up 300. Connecticut Labor Situation - August 2016 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, September 19, 2016 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state added 300 jobs in August to a level of 1,690,800, seasonally adjusted. Over the year nonagricultural employment in the state has grown by approximately 18,600 positions (1.1%, 1,550 jobs per month). July’s originally released job gain of 1,700 (0.1%) was revised down sharply to a loss of 800. Year-to-date seasonally adjusted job growth is 10,800 through August. Connecticut's unemployment rate for August ticked down one tenth of a point to 5.6%. Connecticut's unemployment rate remains three tenths of a point higher than it was a year ago. The number of the state's unemployed declined by 2,400 (-2.2%) in August.

“A relatively quiet month in Connecticut's labor market as our unemployment rate continues to decline for the second consecutive month,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “However, July's increase of 1,700 jobs was revised down by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to a loss of 800.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

Connecticut Nonfarm Employment...see more Unemployment Rates...see more New UI Claims...see more

August 2016 preliminary seasonally adjusted nonfarm job estimates show a small gain of 300 jobs over the month as four of the ten major industry supersectors added jobs. Since August 2015, the state has increased nonagricultural employment by 18,600 positions (1.1%) with nine of the ten supersectors showing gains.

Private Sector employment fell by 1,500 (-0.1%, 1,449,700 jobs) in August but grew by 16,200 jobs (1.1%) over the year. The Government supersector gained 1,800 jobs (0.8%, 241,100) last month and remains up over the year (2,400, 1.0%).

Education and Health Services (2,000, 0.6%, 329,900 positions) added the most jobs last month. As mentioned above, the Government supersector also had strong gains in August. The Leisure and Hospitality supersector continued to grow in August (1,100, 0.7%, 155,200 jobs). The smaller Information supersector also saw gains in August (300, 0.9%, 33,600 jobs).

On the down side, Construction and Mining saw losses for the third month in a row (-1,700, -2.9%, 56,500 jobs). Other Services shed 1,400 jobs (-2.1%, 66,200 jobs). The Professional and Business Services services supersector (-800, -0.4%, 218,200 jobs) declined after two months of growth. Financial Activities dropped 600 jobs (-0.4%, 132,800 jobs). The manufacturing supersector had a small loss (-300, -0.2%, 160,000 jobs). Manufacturing continues to show over-the-year growth, (600, 0.4%). Lastly, Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-100, 0.0%, 297,300 jobs) showed a small loss despite some growth in the retail segment.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Aug 2016 Aug 2015 Change Rate % Aug 2016 Jul 2016 Change Rate % Jun 2016 May 2016 Apr 2016
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,690,800 1,672,200 18,600 1.1% 1,690,800 1,690,500 300 0.0% 1,691,300 1,685,500 1,689,500
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,449,700 1,433,500 16,200 1.1% 1,449,700 1,451,200 -1,500 -0.1% 1,450,700 1,449,300 1,451,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 56,000 57,600 -1,600 -2.8% 56,000 57,600 -1,600 -2.8% 58,600 59,500 58,600
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 160,000 159,400 600 0.4% 160,000 160,300 -300 -0.2% 159,600 160,900 159,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,300 296,400 900 0.3% 297,300 297,400 -100 -0.0% 296,500 297,600 300,200
go to Information sector data table Information 33,600 32,500 1,100 3.4% 33,600 33,300 300 0.9% 34,000 33,600 34,600
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 132,800 130,000 2,800 2.2% 132,800 133,400 -600 -0.4% 133,900 132,500 131,800
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 218,200 216,300 1,900 0.9% 218,200 219,000 -800 -0.4% 218,200 218,700 219,100
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 329,900 325,900 4,000 1.2% 329,900 327,900 2,000 0.6% 329,300 328,500 329,900
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 155,200 150,600 4,600 3.1% 155,200 154,100 1,100 0.7% 152,900 152,200 152,400
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 66,200 64,300 1,900 3.0% 66,200 67,600 -1,400 -2.1% 67,100 65,300 64,900
go to Government sector data table Government 241,100 238,700 2,400 1.0% 241,100 239,300 1,800 0.8% 240,600 238,800 237,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 144,598,000 142,151,000 2,447,000 1.7% 144,598,000 144,447,000 151,000 0.1% 144,172,000 143,901,000 143,856,000
Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 96,600 positions, or 81.1% of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession. The state needs to reach the 1,713,300 seasonally adjusted job mark to enter an employment expansion. This will require 22,500 additional nonfarm jobs to be created. Connecticut’s nonfarm jobs recovery is now 78 months old and is averaging roughly 1,238 jobs per month since February 2010.

Recession Recovery

Connecticut's Private Sector has reclaimed employment at a better pace, recovering 103,200 (92.4%, about 1,323 jobs per month) of the 111,700 private sector positions that were lost during that same employment downturn.

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Nonfarm employment gains were calculated in all four Connecticut labor market areas (LMA's, NECTA's in New England - New England City and Town Areas) that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (1,100, 0.3%, 416,400) led the areas in August and now leads all LMA's in annual growth (7,000, 1.7%). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (800, 0.1%, 575,700 jobs) and New Haven LMA (800, 0.3%, 284,200 jobs) were next. The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA added 600 jobs as well (0.5%, 129,300 positions). All four seasonally adjusted LMAs have positive job growth over the year as well.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total. Only four of the six BLS-estimated labor markets are seasonally adjusted. The Danbury LMA and the Waterbury LMA are not seasonally adjusted at this time due to a recent geography change.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.5 hours in August 2016, down five-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (-1.5%). Average hourly earnings at $30.39, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.04, or 3.5%, from the August 2015 hourly earnings estimate ($29.35). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,018.07, up $20.17, or 2.0% higher than a year ago.

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers(CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in August 2016 was 1.1%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model applying the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 2,400 (-2.2%) over the month to 106,100 in August 2016. Over the year, the number of the state’s jobless residents has increased by 5,500 (5.2%). The state’s labor force increased marginally (1,700, 0.1%) over the month, but is expanding moderately over the year (18,100, 1.0%).
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Jan   1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.2 1,747.6 156.6 1,865.1 1,714.8 150.3 1,873.8 1,741.1 132.7 1,900.2 1,784.1 116.2 1,892.3 1,788.5 103.8
Feb   1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,901.9 1,745.5 156.3 1,863.3 1,714.6 148.8 1,876.5 1,745.5 131.0 1,900.1 1,785.7 114.4 1,896.1 1,791.6 104.5
Mar   1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.0 1,742.2 156.8 1,862.9 1,715.4 147.5 1,879.0 1,749.9 129.2 1,898.6 1,786.7 111.9 1,901.9 1,794.4 107.5
Apr   1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.8 157.9 1,863.8 1,717.4 146.4 1,881.1 1,753.9 127.1 1,895.9 1,786.8 109.1 1,904.9 1,795.5 109.4
May   1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.9 159.1 1,865.5 1,720.0 145.4 1,882.8 1,757.8 125.0 1,892.4 1,786.2 106.2 1,901.9 1,793.6 108.3
Jun   1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.2 1,728.2 160.0 1,867.1 1,722.7 144.4 1,884.6 1,761.6 123.0 1,888.7 1,785.3 103.5 1,900.6 1,790.1 110.5
Jul   1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.5 1,724.2 160.2 1,868.0 1,725.0 143.0 1,886.6 1,765.2 121.4 1,885.8 1,784.3 101.5 1,900.6 1,792.1 108.5
Aug   1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,881.0 1,721.4 159.6 1,868.3 1,726.9 141.4 1,889.0 1,768.7 120.3 1,884.2 1,783.5 100.6 1,902.3 1,796.2 106.1
Sep   1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.8 1,719.5 158.3 1,868.2 1,728.7 139.6 1,891.6 1,772.1 119.5 1,883.6 1,783.1 100.5
Oct   1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.5 1,718.1 156.4 1,868.4 1,730.8 137.7 1,894.4 1,775.5 118.9 1,883.8 1,783.0 100.8
Nov   1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,871.1 1,716.9 154.2 1,869.4 1,733.5 135.9 1,897.1 1,778.8 118.2 1,884.3 1,783.0 101.4
Dec   1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,867.9 1,715.7 152.2 1,871.2 1,736.9 134.3 1,899.1 1,781.7 117.4 1,885.2 1,783.1 102.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The August 2016 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut increased by 299 claimants (8.1%) to 3,970 from July 2016 (3,671), and were lower by 30 claims (-0.7%) from the August 2015 level of 4,000.
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Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.2 -0.4 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.7 4.7 -1.0
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.8 4.9 -0.9
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1 5.7 4.9 -0.8
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.3 5.1 -0.2 5.6 4.9 -0.7
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.3 -0.2 6.3 6.0 -0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s value.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, October 20, 2016 (September 2016 data)
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